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Panel Recap: Hack Ability: Open Source Disability Tech
Liz Henry talks about what the web can do for disabled persons
DAILY Screens  March 17, 2009, by Rebecca Farr
"...Liz Henry, a wheelchair and crutches user and Web Producer for BlogHer Inc., led Monday's panel Hack Ability: Open Source Disability Tech. Liz needed a projector for her laptop so the audience could see her presentation slides..."

StartOut's Hack Attack
Nonprofit brings LGBT tech-lovers together to innovate
DAILY Qmmunity  February 11, 2014, by Lawrence Everett Forbes
"...Calling all queer coders, designers, developers, programmers, students, and all-around geeks! If you know your app from your OS, or just love discovering new workarounds, you might be interested in "HackOut: The Future in Austin."..."

Black a Hack
Postmarks  September 15, 2011
"...It appears I have again been invited to stop submitting any letters, although it is assured that Louis Black will continue his misinformation/whitewash about “conspiracy hobbyists” periodically. Although I do not agree with everything Alex Jones broadcasts, I will close my last letter with the opinion that he is much more relevant than Black (which the latter silently, begrudgingly realizes), he has started a nightly news program on PrisonPlanet.com, and he is a true information warrior, unlike the dishonest establishment hack that is Louis Black...."

Hack to the Future
InfoSec Southwest conference runs April 19-21
DAILY Screens  April 18, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...With the recent widespread hacking of WordPress accounts, persistent cybersecurity legislation in Washington, and Aaron Swartz's tragic suicide in January, hacking is very much on the lips and fingertips of Austinites...."

McCain, That Hack!
John McCain hacked into supporting gay marriage...
DAILY Qmmunity  March 28, 2007, by Kate X Messer


The Work
Doc on a powerful Folsom Prison therapy group
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Film Review  November 10, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...And then there’s Chris, a museum associate on the outside but in therapy, a psychologically wounded man with more bottled-up despair and anger issues than he can handle. Throughout The Work both groups metaphorically hack and slash at their traumas, hoping to better themselves by doing so...."

Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Perry's melodrama centers an ambitious, married woman's dalliance with a handsome billionaire.
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Film Review  April 5, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Perry has now built a media empire from spinning his own wheels. It might be nice if he were to use that security as a basis for developing as an artist instead of settling into a career as a hack...."

Celeste & Jesse Forever
This romantic comedy starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg is far funnier than you’d expect a film about a tortuous split to be – and more deft.
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Film Review  August 24, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Jesse still hopes they might reconcile, though Celeste, a sharp-suited professional trend-watcher and published author, has been candid about her weariness, waiting for artist Jesse to get his shit together. (Step one: Less surfing, more art-making.) Then someone does something that can’t be taken back – a cleaver hack to the comfortable bubble they’ve built around their unit of two – and “forever” hits the skids..."

Saw 3D
This seventh film in the horror series promises to be the last.
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Film Review  November 5, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Mandylor returns as Detective Hoffman, the maniac cop who is carrying on the horrific work of Jigsaw (Bell), who died several storylines back. This time he's out to get Bobby (Flanery), a hack author-cum-huckster who's made the fatal mistake of announcing that he's a survivor of one of Jigsaw's past punitive ordeals..."

American Beauty
This Oscar winner is a bleak comedy of suburban mores and one man's sudden rejection of the arrangement.
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Film Review  September 24, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...It's all of a piece, and though a few of those pieces don't work as well as others, as a whole, it's tough, funny stuff. Spacey, an actor whose mastery of the unspoken internal dialogue and weasely demeanor is second to none, plays Lester Burnham, a hack magazine writer who, approaching middle age, suddenly realizes that somewhere along the line he stumbled and fell, without knowing, onto the slippery slope of complacent mediocrity..."

The King and I
Much as I hate to disparage any effort to promote Rodgers & Hammerstein literacy among our Puff Daddy-enamored youth, this shabby, nondescript hack job leaves me no real choice. Frankly,...
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Film Review  March 19, 1999, by Russell Smith
"...Directed by: Richard Rich. Much as I hate to disparage any effort to promote Rodgers & Hammerstein literacy among our Puff Daddy-enamored youth, this shabby, nondescript hack job leaves me no real choice..."

Shakespeare in Love
It's flighty, improbable stuff, meant not to be a historical restorative but a modern romantic tribute to the scribe whose words have launched a million sonnets.
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Film Review  December 25, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The setting is 1593, back before Shakespeare went down in history as the esteemed Bard of Avon. As we are introduced to him here, Shakespeare is just another scribbling London hack, who is suffering a bad case of writer's block on his new play, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter..."

Telling Lies in America
The arrival of this subtle, endearing, emotionally nuanced film is a blessing for movie fans but a loss for the American slang lexicon. No longer can we say, for example,...
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Film Review  November 7, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...No longer can we say, for example, “I can't stand to be in the same room with that guy; he's just so Joe Eszterhas” and be absolutely sure we've used an exact synonym for “loathsome, maggot-brained perv.” A display of disciplined, humane talent from Mr. Jade himself? The pud-stroking hack responsible for Showgirls, Sliver, and Basic Instinct? Believe it..."

Air Bud
A distinct canine motif runs through basketball history. Witness past and present NBA players Fred “Mad Dog” Carter, Tim Bassett, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson and Joe Wolf. Not to mention...
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Film Review  August 1, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...Given Disney's deranged conviction that it's feasible to make a film about a ballplaying dog which also functions as a tender, earnest story of adolescent self-discovery, the results are more enjoyable than one might expect. Director Charles Martin Smith, remembered most vividly for his role as Farley Mowat in 1983's Never Cry Wolf, is no hack..."

High Risk
Hong Kong trash auteur Wong Jing, whose uneven hand recently gave us the surprisingly wonderful God of Gamblers Returns, is the man behind the wheel of this disappointing movie --...

Film Review  November 3, 1995, by Joey O'Bryan
"...Ironically, in the end, Jing's attempts at parody are unconvincing, only revealing himself to be a huckster working within the Free City. His one-dimensional observations and blatant attempts to crucify Jackie Chan are truly pathetic, envious cries from a jealous filmmaker who, despite his occasional commercial and artistic successes, is generally regarded as little more than an opportunistic hack..."

Bullets Over Broadway
If Damon Runyon and Anton Chekhov had ever gotten together to make a movie, the result might have been something like Bullets Over Broadway. In his latest film, Woody Allen...
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Film Review  November 4, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...David's unpublished playwright pal Sheldon Flender (Reiner) declares that an artist must create his own moral universe, a credo that resounds throughout BOB. If Flender is right, does it also follow that the true artist should have greater freedom than a hack to morally transgress? And what about the utterly talentless? This type of reading has been providing more-than-ample fodder for those who wish to view the movie as Allen's response to the recent scandals that have dominated his public life..."

Wes Craven's New Nightmare
It's been ten years and five mediocre sequels since Craven and the then-fledgling New Line Cinema released the original -- and superlative -- A Nightmare on Elm Street. Over the...
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Film Review  October 21, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...It's bizarre to see Craven, agent Marianne Maddalena, New Line president Robert Shaye, and others playing themselves up there on the screen -- it gives you the feeling that this is the horror genre's version of The Player. Despite this new spin on an old grave, however, Craven allows the last 30 minutes of New Nightmare to spiral down into the hack and slash cookie-cutter plotting of all the last five films..."

Bitter Moon
A disturbing, spare story and a return to Polanski's earlier thematic grounds; it's not Knife in the Water, but it does feature fragmenting marriages and a big boat. Nigel and...
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Film Review  May 6, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Polanski's latest is a dark, vicious little film; simultaneously hilarious and upsetting, its claustrophobic sense is only heightened by the director's use of tiny shipboard cabins and dark, shadowed lighting. The characterizations here are all top-notch, from Grant's seriocomic turn as the archetypal repressed Brit to Seigner's (Polanski's real-life wife) pouting sex bomb to Coyote's leering, shattered hack..."

Mistress
Marvin Landisman (Wuhl) was once a “promising,” young writer/director. Now, he's a fortyish, L.A. hack who directs instructional cooking videos for a living. His wife (Metcalf) is back in New...
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Film Review  November 20, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Now, he's a fortyish, L.A. hack who directs instructional cooking videos for a living..."

Dancing About Architecture
The war betwixt Dynamite Hack and Vallejo escalates, in truth and in fiction; Watchtower gears up to rock Germany's ass off; Hank's Roadside Cafe bites the dust.
Music Column  June 23, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...Take Another Whack at It..."

After Napster Part 2
Does having your music free online bring more or less cash?
Music Story  August 24, 2001, by Michael Bertin
"...Here are three stories to answer that question. One is intuitive, another is counterintuitive, and the third is about Radiohead -- because the kids love Radiohead.Dynamite Hack The Recording Industry Association of America cites a polling of 2,555 college students by the Field Research Corporation as demonstrating "a direct correlation between Napster use and decreased CD sales." Language of the study itself, however, only "suggested" Napster displaces CD sales..."

Dancing About Architecture
Is the Return of Wayne Douglas on the way? Bob Schneider gets a solo record deal.
Music Column  September 8, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...Jean Caffeine's new Idée Fixe disc features her version of the song, as well as a new number co-written with Graham titled "Firewall" that features Miles Zuniga of Fireball, er, Fastwall, I mean Fastball on percussion... "According to Pat and Mikey from Weezer, Dynamite Hack is doing well considering the fact that the Hack is getting applause and cheers when every other band that plays before them gets booed and gets the 'Weezer chant' going between songs -- including the Mighty Mighty Bosstones." Mind you, that info comes through the Hacks' manager, but the two bands definitely have a mutual admiration society going..."

Cautiously Optimistic
Look who's releasing records this year!
Music Story  January 19, 2001, by Andy Langer
"...Last year's consensus Most Likely to Succeed act, Fastball, came off the platinum All the Pain Money Can Buy by selling just 70,000 copies of the aptly titled The Harsh Light of Day. And while the Chronicle's annual "Class of ..." features always stress expecting the unexpected, not even Dynamite Hack might have guessed that 2000's bestselling local act would be, uh, Dynamite Hack..."

Identity Crisis
Looking back at the highlights of Austin's music scene in 2000.
Music Story  January 5, 2001, by Christopher Gray
"...'I Don't Hear a Single' Austin groups continued chasing major-label windmills -- when they weren't taking shots at each other. Fastball's The Harsh Light of Day, Dynamite Hack's Superfast, Goudie's Peep Show, and Vallejo's Into the New all bowed on some corporation's dime to the sound of one hand clapping, both locally and beyond..."

Postmarks
Don't Dissolve District
Columns  May 1, 1998
"...Thirty years of pampering (Hack-cough, hack-cough)..."

SXSW Interactive: Does Future Crime Pay?
Marc Goodman on the creative ways criminals use new technology
DAILY SXSW  March 15, 2015, by Dan Gentile
"...When everything from your refrigerator to your DNA can be hacked, how do you protect yourself?..."

In the Room
First-place winner
Books Story  February 28, 2014, by Raul Garza
"...Hack...."

Cautiously Optimistic
Fifteen Hopefuls Make Up Austin's Musical Class of 2001
Music Story  January 19, 2001, by Andy Langer
"...Dynamite Hack..."

Dynamite Hack Superfast (Woppitzer/Universal)
Texas Platters
Music Review  June 30, 2000, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Dynamite HackSuperfast (Woppitzer/Universal) On the back CD tray of Dynamite Hack's full-length debut, the Bates Motel neon sign stands out in the collage of behind-the-scenes polaroids. Fitting, given this local quartet's Green Day ethos -- snotty, fast, and attitudinal..."

Dancing About Architecture
Clifford Antone receives a sentence; Heinz Geissler takes over the Antone's Records label; Ed Hamell is hospitalized after a car accident.
Music Column  June 2, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...Who's Driving This Hack?..."

Day Trips
Columns  December 19, 1997, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...As you walk into the museum on the north side of the courthouse square in Granbury, the first automobile you see is a 1924 Ford Depot Hack. The two-story bus was built by Ford specifically to deliver passengers and packages to and from the train stations..."

Lights, Camera, Camping!
Alamo heads to the great outdoors for Sleepaway Camp
DAILY Screens  May 11, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...The Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow disagrees. This weekend (May 11-13) they’re hosting their Sleepaway Camp Weekend at Camp Champions – yes, it’s a real, honest-to-goodness camp – in Marble Falls with all the adult, but kid-friendly, amenities you’d expect from the Alamo that brought you the“Camp Hack ’n’ Slash: Freddy Vs..."

Shut In
Naomi Watts stars in ho-hum thriller

Film Review  November 18, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Another enigma is how Oscar-nominated arthouse darling Naomi Watts ended up in such a drearily soporific hack job in the first place. My guess is that although she’s one of the greatest actors of our time, she’s also over 40, and because: Hollywood..."

The Divergent Series: Allegiant
The penultimate installment in this YA series arrives with a thud
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Film Review  March 25, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...Allegiant means to answer questions raised in the first two films of the Divergent series, set in a futuristic, ruined Chicago that, we discovered at the end of the preceding Insurgent, was a genetic experiment being observed, Truman Show-like, by some maybe-not-so-benevolent overlords. But this ponderous sequel just dangles more question marks – not essential, but irresistible in the absence of a riveting entertainment – such as: How did “chosen one” Tris (Woodley) recover from the second film’s hack job on her hair so fast? (It’s grown out into a very chic bob.) When did this humble warrior find the time, in between small-arms training and overthrowing a government, to learn how to walk in heels? How come every adult here is so creepy? Wouldn’t this all be so much better as a B movie with a sense of humor about so much silliness?..."

Spectre
Spectre brings the spectacle, but it lacks a soul
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Film Review  November 6, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...The paper-thin plot rests on Bond’s eventual meeting with Blofeld – er, Franz Oberhauser (Waltz, doing that menacing jocularity thing he does so well), who, as the head of the titular Spectre, seems to have been behind all of Bond’s woes (I will not expound on the cringe-inducing monologue that posits the two as enemies since childhood, as I am still trying to forget it). There’s a subplot concerning MI-6 being consumed by MI-5, and the dissolution of the 00 program by upstart Max (Scott, who you may recall as Moriarty in BBC’s Sherlock), and a controversial initiative for a global intelligence-sharing system that is ripe for some sort of commentary on the Sony hack that leaked this very script, but either decides not to go there or is too inept to recognize it...."

Steve Jobs
Everyone works at the top of their game to deliver this timely biopic
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Film Review  October 16, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) wasn’t the first choice for the material (consult the Sony Hack transcript … or don’t). Turns out he was a smart one, anyway..."

APD Tracks Social Media
Local social media monitoring software company met with shady digital spying group
News Story  September 3, 2015, by John Anderson
"...Expanded surveillance remains a possibility, and a hack in July of the Italian surveillance software company Hacking Team gave hints of what could be on the horizon. The hack shed light on some of the darker sides of digital spying, including conversations between Hacking Team and Snap Trends that revolved around a potential partnership..."

Open Windows
Elijah Wood is the star of Nacho Vigalondo's nervy thriller about digital voyeurism.
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Film Review  November 7, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...No such luck. In short order, Nick is contacted online by the mysterious Chord (Maskell), who seems to know all about Nick, Jill, and how to hack into just about anyone’s anything especially when it come to Ms..."

Fantastic Arcade Gets the Closing Party It Deserves
Devolver Digital and Wild Rumpus team up to let loose
DAILY Screens  September 16, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...Little is known about Smesport, possibly because the game was named not too long ago. All you really need to know is the man behind the game is Michael Brough, creator of what should be your mobile game obsession, 868-HACK..."

Dale Dougherty: Hacking the Physical World
If you can "mod software," you can mod the real world
News Story  March 1, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Dale Dougherty: An essential idea for me was that we would hack the physical world the same way we would hack a software environment. Software gives us a way to change things easily, to create variations..."

Attack of the Cybermen
Activism empowered by the Internet
Screens Story  March 9, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Brian Knappenberger's We Are Legion: The Rise of the Hacktivists is a definitive, finely calibrated documentary on what until a few years ago was more or less a semisecret noncollective born of Chris "moot" Pool's 4Chan site. (From Rickrolling, LOLcats, and creepiphilic Pedobears to shutting down the likes of PayPal, Mastercard, and Visa, moot's virtual Internet legacy may be one of the weirdest ever.) The self-dubbed Anonymous has since moved from utter mainstream obscurity to become the virtual face of rage in this era of ever-present inequality, appropriating the Fawkes visage along the way..."

Strange Bedfellows
Email hack job blows cover for undercover work within Occupy Austin
News Story  February 3, 2012, by Michael King
"...On Jan. 11, George Friedman, founder and CEO of Stratfor, the Austin-based "geopolitical analysis" company, posted a report about the December "Anonymous" hack of the Stratfor website, its credit card records, and its email archives..."

Bedside Manner: Hell on Earth
Dark literature in dark times, plus a plea for casting sanity
DAILY Books  September 6, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...But enough with succinct. The only point in Hack/Slash is the one at the end of the psychopath's blade..."

The Stepfather
Watch out for those "family values" guys who sweep Mom off her feet and move into your house. They may not be who they seem.
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Film Review  October 23, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Badgley, as son Michael, the lone family member with suspicions regarding his stepfather's motives, is a gender swap from the original, but even that generates no quantifiable frissons in the viewer or the character. It's a weak remake indeed that makes you long for the bland obedience of Shelley Hack – who played Ward's role in Ruben's film – but this Stepfather manages it plenty well...."

Shoplifting From American Apparel
Cult fave Tao Lin's autobiographical novella is centered around a young Brooklynite with girl and law troubles
Books Review  October 9, 2009, by James Renovitch
"...Tao Lin is viewed as both the pied piper, leading the way to literature's afterlife following the death of print media, and as a hack. His websites sell everything from "fuck america" stickers to shares of his next novel, subverting the major publishing house system..."

Knowing
It's up to Nicolas Cage to save the world in this movie about a man who deciphers a cryptic artifact that predicts major disasters, past and future.
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Film Review  March 27, 2009, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Maloney, Lara Robinson, Nadia Townsend, Alan Hopgood and Adrienne Pickering. The precipitous decline of Nicolas Cage from moody arthouse upstart to muscle-bound action hero to popcorn-selling, check-cashing hack has been well-documented, so I won’t go into it here..."

Untraceable
This tepid, borderline-offensive cyber-serial-killer thriller rehashes both better and worse examples of the current, vapid clamor for so-called "torture porn."
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Film Review  January 25, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Let's cut to the chase here and now, since this tepid, borderline-offensive cyber-serial-killer thriller takes what feels like ages to rehash both better and worse examples of the current, vapid clamor for so-called "torture porn." Untraceable strives to gussy up its narrative cheat sheet (stolen from the still-warm bodies of Saw, Se7en, and Feardotcom, among others) with an outraged tone, but the blatant, transparent hypocrisy inherent in the story is what's really annoying. The always-reliable Lane is cast as FBI Cyber Crimes Agent Jennifer Marsh, a doting mom and widow working out of Portland, Ore., who with trusty hack-happy partner Griffin Dowd (Hanks) nightly trolls the dingy back alleys of the Internet for the usual collection of predators, frauds, and scam artists..."

For Your Consideration
Although it attempts to skewer Hollywood, this new comedy from Christopher Guest, and his loyal troupe of improv actors doesn’t have even a drop of affection for its characters.
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Film Review  November 24, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...“We are the opposite of people.” That line kept ringing in my head as I was watching For Your Consideration, the new comedy from Guest and his loyal troupe of improv actors about a Hollywood movie production that’s turned upside down when rumors surface on the Internet that one of its cast members is maybe, possibly being considered for an Academy Award nomination. For an actor, nothing justifies the long slog of auditions, commercials, dinner-theatre musicals, bad reviews, and countless rejections more than an Oscar, and at the first mention of her name as a possible nominee, aging actress Marilyn Hack (O’Hara) dives into a long-awaited ocean of theatrical self-satisfaction and painted modesty, much to the disdain of her jealous co-stars but much to the delight of the army of publicists, agents, and studio heads who feed off the production like barnacles..."

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Veering from moments of breathtakingly visualized valor to outright stupidity, Sith is a vast improvement over the previous two outings, but still and all, it’s no Star Wars.
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Film Review  May 20, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...That opening shot of John Dykstra’s immensely conceptualized Imperial Star Destroyer, seen rolling into frame from below like some gargantuan, unfathomable sea creature gives me goose pimples to this day. It’s no secret that (genius pacing aside) Star Wars is essentially a hack Republic serial knockoff, but true to the mettle of what it means to be a certifiable classic, the original film holds up amazingly well to this day, as does Irvin Kershner’s superior 1980 sequel, The Empire Strikes Back..."

One Missed Call
Takashi Miike's latest is a disappointing, second-rate Japanese horror film.
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Film Review  April 22, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Miike’s back catalog is a hit-or-miss affair, with moments of sheer blood-spattered brilliance (Audition, Visitor Q, Ichi the Killer) running neck and garroted neck alongside curious misfires (Zebraman, Full Metal Yakuza) . His penchant for buckets of gore, sex, and queasy, disturbing storylines has made him an underground sensation here in the U.S., while in Japan his standing veers between genius auteur and direct-to-video hack..."

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